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Helping you design the future

Sonoco is committed to assisting architects and engineers design and build aesthetically pleasing designs that incorporate columns.

Sonotube’s® smooth-finish concrete columns have helped projects come to completion around the country. From New York City to Austin, Texas, the Sonotube® portfolio continues to grow.

Our nationwide stocking distributor network ensures that you have the proper product for your concrete foundation project to meet your deadlines. With our customer service personnel and distributors available for product/installation support and on-site training seminars, your efficiency and productivity will be increased.


Recent projects

Central Park Tower
Commercial and Residential Tower
Manhattan, NY
Adrian Smith+ Gordon Gill Architecture

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At 1,550', Central Park Tower will be the tallest mixed-use residential tower in New York and the second largest in the country. Light floods the department store occupying the first seven floors while the residential section of the tower offers great views of Central Park and the rest of the city.

56 Leonard
Residential Tower
Tribeca, NY
Herzog & de Meuron

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56 Leonard’s unique profile is created by cantilevers, sparkling glass, and an original Anish Kapoor sculpture at its base. The building is home to 145 condominiums and 17,000 square feet of amenities.

Carnegie 57
Hotel and Residential Tower
New York City
Christian de Portzamparc

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One57 has been dubbed “An Iconic Transformation of the New York” skyline. The architect chose Sonotube to fulfill their aim of creating “an energetic cascade of New York’s verticality, with exterior patterns that fluctuate with its constantly changing light exposure.” When completed in 2013, the building will reach its crescendo across from Carnegie Hall as the highest residential tower in North America.

John and Frances Angelos Law Center
The University of Baltimore School of Law
Behnisch Architekten and Ayers/Saint/Gross

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Health Sciences Education Building
Phoenix Biomedical Campus
CO Architects and Ayers/Saint/Gross
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Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex
University of Texas at Austin
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

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When American Pan Enterprises Company needed to pour 630 concrete columns for the new Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex at the University of Texas at Austin, the operations manager turned to Sonotube “to significantly reduce the time and cost of labor.” Overall, using Sonotube Finish Free concrete forms saved 2,520 man-hours – that's some real Texas-sized savings!

Genome Sciences Laboratory Building
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Skidmore, Owings & Merrell

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Architect Toolkit
AIA Course

Strong and Smooth - Using Smooth-Finish Concrete Columns in Building Design

This continuing education course will discuss the history of columns in architecture, from wood to concrete, how concrete columns are formed, a growing movement toward finish-free columns, and finally a case study of the new Austin complex.

AIA Credit: 1 LU
When: Available as a Lunch-and-Learn
Cost: Free of charge

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